Greg Martin

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Greg Martin (QEPD), el artista que dibujó las portadas de casi todos los juegos de nuestra infancia.

Es toda una pena empezar el año con malas noticias.

Greg Martin fue el talentoso ilustrador que creó el arte de muchos de los juegos que disfrutamos durante nuestra infancia, como Los Picapiedras, Adventure Island, Pac-Man, todos los títulos clásicos de Sonic. The Hedgehog y muchos más, además de famosas ilustraciones para avisos publicitarios en revistas de la época.

Comenzó su carrera en Hanna Barbera. Trabajo en proyectos relacionados con Los Picapiedras, Los Supersonicos, Oso Yogi, entre otros personajes de propiedad de Hanna Barbera. Luego de ello, comenzó a trabajar para Nintendo y Sega y otras compañías del mundo de los videojuegos.

Greg cuenta que sus ilustraciones en aerografo tomaban cerca de una semana en ser completadas. El problema es que nunca le daban tal cantidad de tiempo, por lo que muchas eran las noches en vela para poder terminar a tiempo.

No te engañes, Greg fue uno de los mejores y más prolíficos artistas del medio, y sus portadas quedaron en la memoria de infancia de muchos jugadores. Hay que admitirlo, por mucho que ahora su arte nos parezca anticuada, durante los 80, artistas como él eran los responsables de graficar aquellos juegos que llegaban de Japón y que no podían llevar sus hermosas ilustraciones originales, debido claramente, a restricciones regionales de copyright de sus artistas.

Recientemente, Greg se estaba dedicando a la confección de posters de películas y a pintar paisajes en su tiempo libre.

Una lamentable pérdida, de uno de los pilares de la nostalgia de muchos jugadores.

Fuente: NintendoAge

Otros posts de Arte, NES, Sega

RIP Greg Martin. Many do know who he was, but he was an influence on all the gaming world. He developed some of the box art to some of our favorite games, Sonic the Hedgehog, the Flintstones, Milon’s Secret Castle, even Duck Tales 2, and many many more. Thank you, Greg, for inspiring everyone, and granting us with your amazing artwork all throughout our childhood. (January 3rd, 2014)

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Greg Martin, the artist who drew your childhood, passes

I met Greg Martin at the San Diego Comic Con in 2001. He had this TMNT picture and postcard at his booth and he signed both for me. Not only did he draw the Turtles, he also drew a lot of box covers for video games. Does anyone remember the extremely challenging NES game, “Little Nemo The Dream Master”? Greg did the cover art for the game and we still have it in our collection.

This makes me sad. He was a sweet guy who drew my favorite childhood characters in beautiful ways. It’s such a shame to hear of his passing. :(

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~ RIP Greg Martin: An Artistic Icon ~

Greg Martin was a phenomenal and inspirational artist from my childhood. It saddens me to have just found out today that he recently has passed away last year in May.

This guy was partly why I fell in love with Sonic the Hedgehog as a kid. Sonic 2 was the very first video game my brother and I owned on the SEGA Genesis. We had the ‘Are You Up 2 It?’ Sonic 2 poster that hung proudly on our bedroom wall for years.

Greg Martin is most known for his vivid and detailed airbrush illustrations for early 90’s video game box art in both North America and Europe. He is the man responsible for every single Sonic box art from that era. This guy defined the appearance of the famous iconic blue hedgehog with his fantastic paintings not only in case art but also in advertisements throughout the years.

Greg Martin worked on a variety of projects in and outside the world of gaming ranging from Looney Tunes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, and others.

His works defined an age of gaming. If you never knew much about him, I’m sure by seeing his artworks, you’ll know who he is. He is an artistic inspiration to me and I’m sure to many others… Truly a talent that will be missed.

RIP Greg Martin. You won’t be forgotten.

For more about Greg Martin ~

Sonic Work - http://www.sonicretro.org/2014/01/the-sonic-sketchbook-images-from-the-late-greg-martin/

Website - http://www.gregmartinstudio.com/index.html

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The Flash season 2 teaser

The Flash’s first season brought the fun back to live-action superheroes

The speediness of The Flash (so to speak) has had a lot to do with how well it’s done. For the most part, the plotlines haven’t been overly drawn-out or wheel-spinning. This show isn’t big on arcs, per se; instead, it’s delivered a string of standalone episodes with a villain of the week, while relegating the ongoing story of Wells and all of the characters’ personal relationship dramas to subplot status, to be moved to the center as needed. That alone has made The Flash feel livelier and more action-packed than a lot of other serialized adventure series.

Two other major factors make The Flash fun: the special effects, and the cast. Because The Flash isn’t working with a mega-budget, it can’t be wall-to-wall superheroics. But the producers get a lot out of a little, using digital animation and enhancements to bring a larger-than-life, splash-page feel to the few minutes of zooming and fighting they can afford each episode. (Little touches help sell the reality too, like the way Gustin’s Barry always skids a little bit whenever he comes back from a run.) The actors, meanwhile, run the gamut from entertainingly shameless scenery-chewers like Wentworth Miller as Leonard “Captain Cold” Snart and Mark Hamill as James “The Trickster” Jesse to the more quietly ingratiating Jesse L. Martin as police detective Joe West (Barry’s guardian since childhood) and Rick Cosnett as Joe’s partner Eddie Thawne. A lot of The Flash’s players have musical theater training, and week to week they’ve drawn on that experience to fit neatly into the ensemble while waiting for their solos.

Full season review at avclub.com